Get Notified When Emails You Send From Outlook Are Read Or Delivered

By: standss , Apr 2nd, 2010

Do you need to know if an email you have sent has actually been opened and read? Here’s a simple way to do this.

  1. Create a new email and write it as you normally would.
  2. In Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 click Options on the Ribbon (In earlier versions, click Options on the toolbar)
  3. Tick the box labelled Request a Read Receipt
  4. Send your email.

Now when the recipient opens the email, Outlook will give him/her the option of automatically sending you an email that says that your email was opened.


If you do not receive confirmation that your email was read, your email may still have been opened and read. The recipient does have the option of clicking NO and thereby not sending you notification.

Asking for Read Receipts by default

In Outlook 2010:

  1. Click File (on the Ribbon)
  2. Click Options
  3. Click Mail
  4. Scroll down to the section titled Tracking
  5. Tick the box labelled “Read Receipt…”
  6. Click OK

In earlier versions of Outlook

  1. Click Tools –Options
  2. Select the Preferences tab.
  3. Click E-mail Options, and then click Tracking Options.
  4. Tick the box labelled “Read Receipt”
  5. Click OK

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